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March 27, 2014

Putting some English on Lucid

Band celebrates 10th anniversary with show Friday in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Bands form, reconfigure and break up like frost heaves around here, but Lucid celebrates 10 years of dreaming while awake Friday at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh.

The North Country’s hardest working band — Lowell Wurster (percussion, harps and vocal), Kevin Sabourin (guitar and vocals), Jamie Armstrong (saxophones, clarinet and vocals), Chris Shacklett (bass, trombone and vocals) and Andrew Dellar (Keyboards, accordion and vocals) — welcomes newcomer Chris “Hollywood” English (drums and vocals).

A decade ago, Wurster strolled down Protection Avenue to check out Sabourin and Armstrong on a Thursday evening at the Monopole.

Growing up in Plattsburgh, the trio knew each other.

“I went and listened to them,” Wurster said. “I thought they had potential. They sounded good for not really playing or practicing that much.”

Wurster started playing with them. A month later, Dellar rolled into town. He sat in with the band at the now defunct Maggy’s. The groove was good enough to ask Dellar to join the fledgling outfit.

“That was it,” Wurster said. “We had one personnel change about five years into it. Our bass player, Nick Sauvie, left, and we got Chris Shacklett. The original drummer was Ryan Trumbull. We called him Rippy. He was with us until we got back from tour a couple of years ago. He was with us all eight years. The last year and a half, we had a drummer from Paul Smith’s, Kyle Murray.”

Murray was not feeling constant on-the-road-again touring. In his native Rochester, English was at loose ends. His band AudioInflux was at a standstill.

When Murray pink-slipped himself, English coincidentally hit Wurster up on Facebook. The distance between the Lake City and the Flower City wasn’t in their favor for hanging out.

In Rochester, the music scene was collapsing. Two main venues closed, though one later reopened.

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